A reader asked me the other day if the UK has county-divided critics' awards to match the multitude of local US groups. The answer is no -- the nation isn't quite big enough for such madness -- but while the London Critics' Circle (which hands out its awards on Sunday) remains the highest-profile British critics' award, other UK critics and bloggers have banded together to form the UK Regional Critics' Awards, also known as the Richard Attenborough Awards. Despite the "regional" remit, their awards were presented in London last night, and also included a number of public-voted categories. No big surprises, and more good news for "12 Years a Slave"; check out the list after the jump, and keep up with the season at The Circuit.
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ABC orders Henry Winkler's "The Winklers," from the creator of "Everybody Loves Raymond"
The "Happy Days" alum is expected to star in a comedy pilot based on his real-life relationship with his son-in-law. Winkler's son, Max, will serve as executive producer, along with "Raymond's" Phil Rosenthal and "New Girl's" Jake Johnson.
"Sons of Anarchy" vet Ron Perlman headed to Amazon
He's set to star in "Hand Of God," playing a hard-living judge who has a religious awakening.
Red Hot Chili Peppers' Flea deletes tweet threatening to expose his penis at Super Bowl halftime
"Anybody wanna see my c–k at the Super Bowl?" the 51-year-old bassist wrote in a tweet.
Jimmy Kimmel will reunite with Matt Damon and George Clooney for a "Monuments Men"-themed episode
Clooney hasn't been a guest on Kimmel since "Jimmy Kimmel Live's" launch night, while Damon will make his first appearance since hijacking the show last January. The Feb. 6 episode will also feature Bill Murray's Kimmel debut.
CNN will air a Jay Leno special
"Jay Leno: Mr. Comedy" will look back at "The Tonight Show" host's career. It's scheduled for Friday at 10 pm, the same timeslot CNN aired a Justin Bieber special last week.
Gene Simmons will play himself on "CSI"
The KISS rocker will be part of a rock-and-roll themed murder mystery.
"Supernatural" has its most-watched episode in 4 years
Last night's 2.8 million was the CW show's biggest audience since 2010.
The State of the Union Speech became "Duck Dynasty" vs. "Mad Men"
The dueling callouts, says James Poniewozik, "said a lot about the two dueling visions of America and its history."
Louis CK recalls getting $5,000 from Jon Stewart to make his 1998 movie
The black and white film, "Tomorrow Night," featuring Steve Carell, JB Smoove, Robert Smigel and Amy Poehler, is now available for download for $5 from Louis CK's website.
"Hannibal" books Jeremy Davies and Chris Diamantopoulos
They'll both guest in Season 2.
"The Walking Dead Escape" tour is traveling across the country
The Comic-Con hit will visit Houston, Miami, Louisiana and other cities.
Jennifer Lawrence is a huge fan of "TOWIE," the UK's "Jersey Shore"
"The Only Way Is Essex," she says," is "ridiculously amazing."
Check out Madonna & Miley filming "MTV Unplugged"
See them both stick out their tongues for tonight's special.
ALF is now starring in an '80s-themed Delta in-flight safety film
The film also features Atari, Teddy Ruxpin and Rubik's Cube.
"Full House" guys reunite on "GMA" to promote their Super Bowl ad
Uncle Jesse, Danny and Joey were also photobombed by Rhianna.
As Oscar's phase one drew to a close and the nominations were set to be unveiled, the film press corps was getting its first look at one movie that dodged all of that commotion last year: George Clooney's "The Monuments Men." It's set for release next week and with its arrival, one can only ask: was Sony smart to move it out of the season?
The easy answer is "yes." This isn't the awards film it might have been. But that's not a value judgment or a criticism. Let me explain.
"Rick & Morty," the Adult Swim series co-created by Dan Harmon and Justin Roiland, premiered back in December when I was otherwise occupied. And as unfortunately sometimes happens, once I miss the premiere of a series, I miss it altogether. One of the few advantages of nursing a broken leg is that it's given me slightly more viewing time, and I used some of that to catch up on the series, including the latest episode, which I've embedded below. (The series regularly airs Mondays at 10:30, and Adult Swim's video site allows authenticated users to watch previous episodes.) A few thoughts on the series so far coming up just as soon as you take two strokes off my golf game...
If it seems like just the other day that Tom Sherak was in the headlines for happier reasons, that's because it pretty much was. Only last autumn, the former 20th Century Fox chief was named by Los Angeles mayor Eric Garcetti as the city's senior film advisor, or "film czar." And that appointment came with his presidency of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences still a very fresh memory: he stepped down from the position in 2012. He was a hard worker -- all the more so when you consider that he had been battling prostate cancer for the last 12 years. Sadly, the fight ended yesterday; Sherak passed away at his California home aged 68.
This strikes me as, at best, a half-baked idea: in addition to the theme of "heroes" for this year's ceremony, the Oscars will also feature a tribute to "The Wizard of Oz" to mark the 75th anniversary of its release. (Well, sort of: it was an August release.) ”We are delighted to celebrate the birthday of one of the most beloved movies of all time at this year’s Oscars,” say producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron. Still, why single out just one film from 1939, widely perceived as Hollywood's annus mirabilis? And why not wait until next year, the 75th anniversary of the 1939 ceremony, and do a more considered tribute to the Oscar class of that year, including "Oz," "Gone With the Wind," "Stagecoach" and so on? Just a thought. [Deadline]
"Mad Men" creator "honored" Obama name-dropped his show in the State of the Union
"I'm honored that our show is part of a much-needed national conversation," Matthew Weiner said in a statement, after the president said: "It's time to do away with workplace policies that belong in a 'Mad Men' episode."
Watch Jimmy Fallon introduce Seth Meyers on "SNL's" Weekend Update back in 2001
The current and future "Late Night" looked back in horror at their hairstyles during Meyers' first season on "Saturday Night Live."
Happy 60th birthday, Oprah Winfrey!
Today is Oprah's Big 6-0, and Ellen has a special birthday surprise for the talk show queen.
"Sleepy Hollow" promotes 2, including John Noble
Noble and Lyndie Greenwood will become series regulars.
It is the responsibility of the working film critic to not only offer opinion and context for the newest releases, but also to constantly champion and curate the films that matter, especially if they were misunderstood or poorly released or somehow handled badly the first time around.
Critics should take it upon themselves to rehabilitate the under-loved, to defend the wrongly-maligned, and rehab the films that need it; it is the only way film as a whole can be healthy.
Brian De Palma has had exactly two moments in his career when everything broke his way, commercially and artistically.
The first was early on, and "Carrie" was lightning in a bottle. It was a best-selling book that was written in this fevered language, as much a matter of the author's immaturity as the actual urgency of the story, but it launched Stephen King's career, deservedly, and the film version managed to tap into that same sense of momentum. De Palma turned out to be the perfect guy to give voice to that films mix of woozy revenge fantasy and bottomless angst.